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7 Sep 2016

When it comes to exercising we all like to try new things. This shouldn’t stop just because we exercise in a care home.

Residents at Bracknell Care Home in Bracknell tried their hand at some Bollywood style exercises last week.

Natsayi Dunira, Home Manager, said: “The residents, care team and relatives all enjoyed the Bollywood exercises. We’ve been trialling this for a couple of sessions now, and it’s proved a really big success so we’re making it a regular feature here at the home.

“Alex Stocker, from AS Dance and Fitness, who runs the programme, is a lovely lady. She comes fully equipped to the home; complete with Indian instruments, music and of course the moves. I think it’s great that residents can enjoy a different style of exercise from the comfort of their own home.”

Are you looking for a care home in Bracknell? Bracknell Care Home has various types of care available including nursing care, specialist care and end of life/palliative care.


7 Sep 2016

Balmoral Care Home in Sheffield is among the first to be accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Balmoral Care Home is celebrating being among the first in the UK to be accredited for a new and radically different approach to dementia care.

The Dementia Care Framework is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care for people living with dementia. The care team uses exclusive purpose-designed technology to help build and continuously update a picture of each resident’s individual experience of their care and their physical, psychological and emotional well being, so that their care can be adjusted to their changing needs.

The pioneering home is part of Four Seasons Health Care which spent two years developing and testing the new approach. The home hosted an event for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them on Monday 5th September 2016.

Sam Jacob, Managing Director for the East of England, said: “This is next generation dementia care to make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited to be among the first homes to offer it. A vital part of the Framework is the bespoke support and training the team throughout the home receives with additional support and training for those, working within our dementia services. This goes beyond the practicalities of caring for someone with dementia and through simulation gives them a deeper understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.”

In addition to the support and training, there are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident and Family Charters.

At the heart of the Dementia Care Framework is a personal care review process which is continuously updated electronically by care staff to give a comprehensive and current picture of each resident. Thought to be the first of its type worldwide, it is based on 320 recognised standards, including NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and Alzheimer’s Society best practice guidance. It replaces paper-based audits that are slow and almost always behind the changing care needs of the person.

The resident and family charters were developed in consultation with residents, family members, health and social care professionals and care teams, taking account of over 400 comments. The resident charter sets out their rights, the standards of care they can expect and commitment to provide for their personal needs and preferences. The family charter, sets out the support that they can expect to receive and how they can input to planning their relative’s care.

Only when a home achieves key standards within the Dementia Care Framework does it receive Four Seasons Accreditation for the quality of its dementia care.

To find out more about this fundamentally different approach to dementia care please visit carehomes.fshc.co.uk/dcf or email dementiacare@fshc.co.uk


6 Sep 2016

Residents at Hartwell Care Home in Sheffield welcomed some very special four legged guests last week.

The care team surprised the residents by organising a visit to the home by two Shetland ponies.

Maria Whittaker, Home Manager, said: “Pet therapy is very beneficial to people in care homes, and our residents especially enjoy it. We wanted to do something different and thought the ponies would provide an alternate to the usual pet therapy.

The ponies were a huge hit, with the residents ensuring that they gave the same amount of attention to both of them. Everyone was a little disappointed when it was time for them to leave, some even so that they were making one of the rooms pony proof so they could stay.”

Are you looking for a care home in Sheffield? Hartwell Residential Home provides support for all types of care including residential care and respite care.


6 Sep 2016

Residents from The Lodge Care Home in Killamarsh have been making the most of the beautiful weather by getting out and about exploring places near and far.

The residents were treated to three special trips which saw many people ticking off a number of experiences on their list.

Monday saw some of the residents visit York Museum, taking in the sights of bygone eras and relaxing in the beautiful gardens. After their day of history and culture, the residents then took a trip to nearby Bakewell. After exploring the beauty and visiting some of the shops, everyone settled down for some lovely fish and chips by the river in the summer afternoon, followed by a very special cup of tea in a local tea room.

To round off their three day adventure, Wednesday saw residents exploring the depths of the oceans, during a visit to The Deep Aquarium in Hull.

Janet McVeigh, Home Manager, said: “It’s safe to say after seeing and touching some of the fish, some residents felt a little guilty about their fish and chip lunch the day before.

“All three of the trips out provided the residents with lots of different things for them to see and do. Each day was slightly different which catered to everyone’s likes and more importantly enabled them to go out and enjoy the summer sun. The team here enjoy providing experiences like this as they love seeing the residents having fun.”

Are you looking for a care home in Killamarsh? The Lodge Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and specialist care.


6 Sep 2016

The Proclaimers famously sang that they would walk 500 miles. Staff and residents at Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington didn’t make it that far but they did embark on a mini adventure to raise money for the home.

Sandra Smith, Home Manager, explained: “The group of walkers set off from the home, walked up to Cramlington Village. They walked around the Village, stopping at John The Clerk for some refreshments before embarking on their return journey.

“I want to thank everyone who took part and everyone who sponsored our group of walkers. As a result of all of your efforts we have managed to raise £400 to use to provide special experiences for those in our care. I look forward to sharing with you how we spend the money.”

Are you looking for a care home in Cramlington? Northlea Court Care Home has various types of care available including residential care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

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